new GPS navigation systems from NAVIGON

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new GPS navigation systems from NAVIGON



NAVIGON - at least in Spain - has put six new GPS navigators on the market, almost a complete overhaul of the range of the manufacturer.


Like other brands are already doing, new series 40 and 70 of Navigon adopt new names easier to remember and away from meaningless numbers and letters. So now the new Navigon GPS they are covered in three segments: Easy, Plus and Premium, to which they add two digits to give you an idea on the size of your screen.


Needless to say, the new Navigons with these easier names still focus on focus on providing navigation from one point to another in the simplest way. Navigon is also trying to do the same thing on smart phones with their MobileNavigator.


The GPS 40 series have a 4.3 inch screen, slightly larger than the more advanced phones. Its main features include text to speech, One Click menu with direct access to three points of interest you’ve marked as favorites, lane assistance, and reality view at big junctions.


The Premium Live 40 Navigon model adds Bluetooth hands-free function for use with up to two phones at the same time, and real-time information, including information about the status of public and private parking, weather, and traffic information.


As for series 70 models, the most striking is its 5-inch screen and faster processor, namely the 520MHz ARM11.


The Premium version includes extras such as a larger area of maps, the Active Lane Assistant, Bluetooth Handsfree Kit 2.0 and the Professional Voice Command 2.0 function, among others.


Easy Models 40 and 40 Plus have a cost of 150 and 180 Euros respectively, while the most complete of that range, 40 Premium Live, raises its price to 250 Euros. These models are already available in Spain. Later this summer we’ll start seeing Navigon 70 Series priced between 200 and 280 Euros…via




(Via NaviGadget.)

Magellan iPhone case includes battery and its own GPS receiver

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Magellan iPhone case includes battery and its own GPS receiver



Yep, you heard it right. This 200 dollar case from Magellan includes battery and its own GPS receiver for your iPhone. This must be the first of its kind. This iPhone is not only high tech but also very rugged and may give you a false sense of confidence that you can do anything just because you won’t scratch your fancy glass screen. Not to mention it is also IPX7 waterproof - meaning it can be immersed in 3 feet of water up to 30 minutes.


Called ToughCase, Magellan made sure the device worked with both iPhone 3G/3GS and iPod Touch and you had access to all the functions of the device. As far as hardware specs Toughcase comes with a whopping 1840mAh battery which should double your phone’s life, and a SiRF Star III GPS receiver. Also the added GPS functionality should work with any GPS navigation app you wish; it doesn’t have to be Magellan’s own GPS navigation app.


You can pick up Magellan’s ToughCase from their site or Apple Store. You don’t think you need a rugged case? Then maybe you’ll like their iPhone car kit we reviewed not too long ago.



(Via NaviGadget.)

Mainnav MG-600 unboxing

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You probably remember the Mainnav MG-600 we talked about late last year. Well we finally received our sample unit and want to show you what it looks like.


Mainnav MG 600 has a good solid feel to it. The rubber used around the edges, covering USB and buttons is of good quality. What’s really cool that caught our attention is the touch sensitive buttons just below the screen. These are very easy to use - as opposed to some other outdoor GPS devices we’ve used before. And between these two buttons is a light sensor - something we’re not used to seeing on outdoor GPS devices.


It comes with a mount for your bike.


Anyways - so far we’re pleased with the Mainnav MG-600 but do wait for our review that should be coming up soon. After that of course we’ll give the device away to a lucky reader.



(Via NaviGadget.)

Shadow Box records GPS data, G-forces and more

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Shadow Box records GPS data, G-forces and more



Shadow Box is a multi-dimensional sports logger. I guess that’s the best way to put it. Not for any sports though. If you’re runner or cyclists any kind of GPS logger would probably serve your purpose. Shadow Box is more for adrenaline seekers to record their craziest moves. So when there’s no more adrenaline they can just relive their moments for another round of ‘high’.


Shadow Box is a bit pricey at $500 but here is what it can do:



  • records speed, location, acceleration, jump height, jump distance, hang time, G-forces, exact angles, rotation degrees, spin rates

  • attaches to any object

  • ability to check data on ShadowBox w/ no need for upload

  • ability to upload to Google Earth






(Via NaviGadget.)

DeLorme Earthmate PN-60w with SPOT Satellite Communicator unveiled

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DeLorme Earthmate PN-60w with SPOT Satellite Communicator unveiled





GPS navigation systems are nothing new in this day and age, but that doesn’t mean that the industry should just remain stagnant, right? DeLorme recently unveiled their Earthmate PN-60w with SPOT Satellite Communicator which is touted to be ready to hit the market sometime next month. Just what is the Earthmate PN-60w all about? Well, it is touted to be the first first handheld GPS in the world that enables Type & Send text messaging via satellite. Yup, that’s right - it relies on satellite technology to get your messages across, which means you are no longer subject to having to look out for a decent cellphone signal in rural areas. There will be a special interface on the PN-60w that helps it connect wirelessly with the SPOT Satellite Communicator, where the latter was designed exclusively for DeLorme. All messages are created using the PN-60w’s internal keyboard, which will then be relayed via satellite for delivery using established SPOT technology.


As mentioned earlier, since messages are conveyed via satellite, you are no longer subject to spotty cellular phone coverage, as the PN-60w with SPOT Satellite Communicator works great in keeping users reliably connected even if they are somewhere remote, regardless of country worldwide. Both devices were specially designed to be ruggedized and waterproof, making it more suitable than your regular cellphone when it comes to being subjected to the rigors of outdoor use.


With the DeLorme Earthmate PN-60w with SPOT Satellite Communicator, you are able to type and send text messages to individual email addresses, cellphones, buddy lists, and social networking sites including (but not limited to) Twitter, Facebook, Fire Eagle, SpotAdventures.com, or Geocaching.com. Just in case you get yourself in a tight spot, SOS messages can be sent with your GPS coordinates embedded so that help can arrive in the appropriate manner. Not only that, family and friends are able to track a user’s progress via Google’s free online maps. Each purchase of the Earthmate PN-60w will ship with DeLorme Topo North America GPS maps and desktop software, where you get to enjoy high-resolution aerial imagery, official USGS and Natural Resources Canada topo maps, and NOAA nautical charts.




(Via Coolest Gadgets.)

Holux GPSport 260 handheld GPS receiver

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Holux GPSport 260 handheld GPS receiver



Holux has a brand new handheld GPS receiver which they just announced at CompuTex 2010. It is called GPSport 260 and it looks quite stylish compared their older GPSport 245 which we reviewed a while ago and liked quite a bit.


The new Holux GPSport 260 has a 1.5″ screen and can act a GPS data logger that can store up to 160K waypoints. The screen will show you real time statistics about your activity which can be stored and viewed in plot or track view.


There’s even the Follow Course feature which lets you plan a trip before you get on your way and can be reversed for the route back to your tent.


Definitely a spanking new feature with Holux GPSport 260 is the ability to create QR code image for coordinates which helps you share waypoints in a whole different way.


Some other features include 3D compass, barometric altimeter, pedometer, 1050mAh rechargeable that can last up to 20 hours. GPSport 260 is IPX 7 waterproof which means it can be under water for up to 30 minutes at one meter depth.


We look forward to reviewing this handheld GPS receiver from Holux.




(Via NaviGadget.)

Magellan 2010 lineup of GPS navigation systems

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Magellan 2010 lineup of GPS navigation systems



As you may already know Magellan just introduced a bunch of new GPS navigation systems for their RoadMate series. The new models range from 4.3″ screen to 5″ but all of them come with integrated Free Lifetime Live Traffic. Also all models are capable of text to speech, multi destination routing, and know about 6 million points of interests. The prices will range from $170 to $300.


Without further ado here are all of the seven new models:


4.3″ screen



  • RoadMate 2035: 48 states and Puerto Rico

  • RoadMate 2036: add Canada, built-in AAA Tourbook, Roadside assistance, lane assistance

  • RoadMate 2045: add microSD card slot


4.7″ screen



  • RoadMate 3045: maps of U.S., Puerto Rico, Canada

  • RoadMate 3045LM: add lifetime maps

  • RoadMate 3055: 3045 + bluetooth, voice dialing

  • RoadMate 3065 Commuter: adds the exclusive Traffic Wake-up and Periodic Reporting.


5″ screen



  • RoadMate 5045: 3045 with a 5″ screen


You can read about the flagship model Magellan Roadmate 3065 Commuter here.



(Via NaviGadget.)